In today’s society, the male half of our species continue to dominate jobs.

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In the book, The Girl’s Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being a Bitch), authors Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio, provides insightful solutions to address some of the most common problems women in the workplace still face. Some of these solutions include: pay grades, benefits, dress codes and work styles.

To begin, successful women might be viewed as competent. However, once they act aggressive in the workplace, their coworkers are quick to dislike them. For this reason, women easily obtain a negative reputation in their careers as being too emotional, and thus, hard to work with. Surprisingly, this holds true even with female-to-female boss-subordinate relationships. For instance, the authors found that, “75% of female employees report that female bosses are tougher on women than their male counterparts in the workplace”.

So, one main challenge for female bosses is to provide a professional distance with their coworkers, while also maintaining a positive relationship with them. This may also include the common expectation in creating friendships with their employees. However, could this be a problem? Developing friendships is problematic because female managers will have to balance the conflicting need to be both a friend and an authority figure.

Another obstacle women are facing is gender discrimination (no surprise here). Female bosses should make more initiatives to mentor other female professionals, like the Lean-In initiative. Having said that, more women need to search for, participate in, and take advantage of these programs. After all, if women are to survive the sexist workplace, they should stick together as a group.

So, my question to you is: What do you think? How can female bosses challenge the predominant ideologies in society and at work? Have you encountered instances where your professional ambitions collided with who you are as a person?

To be continued…